Anyone any ideas what this is?

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Anyone any ideas what this is?

Post: #288273 kaiakate
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:25 pm

I don't think it's edible... I'm certainly not trying the berries anyway! But am curious as to what this is - found it growing on the edge of my garden. Anyone know?

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Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Post: #288274 Odsox
Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:43 pm

Looks like privet to me, although I've never grown it.
Dead common hedging shrub that has white flowers in late spring and black berries like your photo in autumn, which I believe are poisonous.
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Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Post: #288275 kaiakate
Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:01 pm

Thanks :)

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Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Post: #288277 Weedo
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:54 pm

Certainly a privet, most probably European privet (Ligustrum vulgare). Native to southern Europe, not sure if this includes Britain; berries are definitely poisonous and flowers can trigger hay fever like allergy. It is the compounds in the perfume rather than the pollen in this case.

Privets are usually treated as invasives (weeds) in Australia although this species has only turned up on the NSW Northern Tablelands so far.
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Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Post: #288278 Green Aura
Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:18 am

Yes, looks like a privet. I've never seen one fruit before as they're almost always trimmed. I bet it looked beautiful in flower.
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Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Post: #288279 bonniethomas06
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:44 am

I would have said laurel or privet - either way for the birds rather than for us I think.
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